But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 17 June 2019 15:06

More Than a Pansy

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There is a pansy growing between the bricks on my patio. It wasn’t planted there, at least not by me, but I’m convinced its placement is deliberate.

It seems a terrible place for such a delicate, pretty flower. Surely this dainty pansy would flourish far more in soft, fertile soil rather...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 15:31

Sunday Morning Praise

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Holy, Holy, Holy

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 15:02

This ‘n’ That

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You’d be amazed at how many ideas I have for this introduction during the week. So many times I think to myself, “Oh! I should talk about this on This ‘n’ That!” And then I continue on my way, destined to forget all of those brilliant ideas by Thursday evening. 

So...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 15:32

This ‘n’ That

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One of my favorite things about summer, particularly where I currently live, is the baby ducks. I know I talk about this almost every year but they are so cute that I can’t help it! Watching them waddle in a line behind their mother makes me smile every time. 

Did you know that ducklings...

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 14:58

Sunday Morning Praise

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Be Still My Soul

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:12

This ‘n’ That

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I’m driving a loaner car today. It’s nice, of course, to drive a brand new vehicle now and then. The ride is always a little smoother and the gadgets are a little newer, but is newer always better?

Okay, the blind-spot assist is nice, but rain-sensing windshield wipers? No thanks....

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Sunday, 26 May 2019 01:24

Sunday Morning Praise

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The Church’s One Foundation

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

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Well, Memorial Day is upon us here in the US. For most, it signals the beginning of summer. The pool finally opens, the grills fire up, and many of us enjoy a long weekend for the first time since New Year’s.

It saddens me a bit, though, to think how the true meaning of Memorial Day has been...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 15:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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To God Be the Glory

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:14

This ‘n’ That

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I was reading about cross-country running yesterday (don’t ask, but no, it wasn’t because I’m considering registering for such a race!). What I did find interesting, though, was that the distance of these races is not exactly far. According to Wikipedia, a cross-country course is...

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 15:15

Sunday Morning Praise

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Be Thou My Vision

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 15:00

This ‘n’ That

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I noticed something the other day. Let’s see if you notice it as well:

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.They replied,...

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Saturday, 04 May 2019 15:06

Sunday Morning Praise

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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 15:00

This ‘n’ That

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Well, it’s happened: My Bible reading plan is annoying me.

I know, some of you just anathematized me. Note that I didn’t say the Bible was annoying me, just the plan. This year I opted to follow a chronological reading plan, which I don’t recall doing in the past. While I...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 15:08

Just One Bite (Repost)

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Sin may be likened to a mosquito bite. It starts as one small pin prick, but once the skin has been broken, that bite begins to itch. And each time we succumb to and scratch it, the welt grows. The itch intensifies. Attempts to waylay the irritation are merely temporary solutions. In the face of...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 15:04

We Must Stay Awake Now

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“I die every day,” said the apostle (1 Corinthians 15:31). This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands.

We are not at this time being called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to...

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Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 15:11

This ‘n’ That

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Well, I hope everyone had a joyful Easter!

This has been a bit of a frazzling (is that even a word?) week for me, so I’m thankful it’s coming to an end. Still, even amid the nonsense of life, our God is good and gracious and sovereign! A friend posted the following John Calvin quote on...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 15:00

Easter Sunday Morning Praise

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Friday, 19 April 2019 15:08

Equipping Eve: Behold the Lamb!

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With this week being the annual celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, it seems appropriate for us to focus this episode on one of the greatest statements in the New Testament:

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:00

This ‘n’ That

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Last night I cleaned my makeup brushes for the first time in a long time. They’re old and well worn, blush-stained with broken bristles, but they work so I haven’t seen a need to purchase new ones.

As I gently cleaned each one, I marveled—as I always do when performing this...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:00

The Veil Is Not Rolled Up, but Rent

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For believers the veil is not rolled up, but rent. The veil was not unhooked, and carefully folded up, and put away, so that it might be put in its place at some future time. Oh, no! But the divine hand took it and rent it front top to bottom. It can never be hung up again; that is impossible....

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Saturday, 13 April 2019 15:00

Palm Sunday Morning Praise

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:01

This ‘n’ That

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I ran across my transcripts from undergrad this week. It was interesting to look back at the grades I received in each class. I remembered some of those less-than-A grades being justified, but others were less deserved, at least as remember it! Even more interesting was that I...

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 15:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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